The early modern period was a time of great change in Ireland. The lordships of Gaelic Ireland were replaced by centralized state of the Tudor and Stuart monarchy. New English and Scottish settlers came to live in Ireland and the land ownership of the country was transformed. The economy also underwent change as towns and markets were developed and Gaelic landowning patterns gave way to English forms of land inheritance.
This is the first modern study to examine the impact of these changes on a region which was not selected for an offical plantation in the 16th or 17th centuries. Making use of a unique source, the Strafford land survey of the 1630s, the book examines Gaelic landownership in the are and suggests that Gaelic society was far more complex and varied than historians have previously thought. The book also reveals land ownership outside the government sponsored plantation areas could be substantial. By 1641 almost half the land in County Sligo had changed hands. The new owners were a mixture of English, Scottish and Irish. The book examines relations between the new and old landlords and traces the developments which led to the outbreak of the 1641 rising in Sligo. It analyses the varied reasons why different social groups supported the rising and traces their fates after the rebellion.
The study also reveals that Scottish settlement was not confined to Ulster. By the end of the 17th century there was a substantial Scottish community living and working in Sligo. They contributed to the unique ethos in the county in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The author is a lecturer in History at Queen's University, Belfast. She is joint author waith R.W. Dudley Edwards of 'Sources for Early Modern Ireland 1603 - 41 and a number of articles on 16th and 17th century Ireland. She has also edited various collections of essays including 'Women in Early Modern Ireland'
Power, Politics and Land- Early Modern Sligo 1568 - 1688
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